Top 8 File Manager Apps iPhone

File manager apps for your iPhone generally come in different shapes and sizes. There are those that allow you to manage your files locally, including the organization of things like documents, photos and video files. Then there are those that allow for cloud storage, such as Dropbox, which offer you a startup space of several GBs and then charge for any storage space you wish to purchase thereafter. There are plus points to all these kinds of apps, with services like Dropbox existing as an excellent way to not only store your files but also to share them on the Cloud. Then there are these small third party apps created specifically with the iPhone in mind that simply give you a better system and UI to use when arranging your files locally on your device. We decided to create a Top 8 list dedicated to both these kinds of apps, and the results follow on below. Check out some of our favorite file manager apps for the iPhone and then feel free to suggest your own picks in the comments section below!

8. iFiles ($3.99)

More of a nostalgic entry than anything else, iFiles was one of the first file manager apps I came across for the iPhone and I used it for quite some time without seeking out an alternative or really understanding the world of cloud storage. It’s a versatile enough file manager for the iPhone, though could do with the occasional frequent update. It has a built in voice recorded which allows you to dictate your own notes, and the click and hold functionality is easy enough for even beginners to get the hang of quickly. You simply grab and hold an item in order to view the different available operations, such as moving a file applying a lable, and more. It also supports some formats that other similar file manager apps may not, such as PDF among others. – Download from iTunes

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7. Files Pro ($4.99)

One of the best things about these local file manager apps for the iPhone is that they provide excellent integration with some of the best cloud storage apps which we will mention later on. This is certainly the case with Files Pro, which links seamlessly with the likes of Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox. You can grab your files from these platforms instantly and store them locally, as well as securing remote access to your files using a password.- Download from iTunes

6. FileMaster (Free)

FileMaster is another excellent management app for the iPhone, allowing you to do a number of different operations such as create new folders, import photos and videos and even play mp3 files. There are a few good authentication features here too: you can apply a password to a given app or folder, or even simply set up WiFi authentication to ensure that you can only access these files when connecting to your local network. – Download from iTunes

5. File United ($4.99)

The file manager apps these days don’t have much originality in the way of names, and in fact when browsing the App Store it’s often difficult to tell one from the other. Files United is another app that allows you to manage your files with ease, with a browser that supports a number of different functions such as creating new folders, tagging your favorite files, copying and moving different documents and even the applying of passwords to protect your most personal folders and their contents. There are also some great sharing functionalities here, and the app even allows you to access your files through the SMB protocol if you are a Windows user. It’s an excellent way to manage your files not only on your iPhone but also on your Mac, and eases the transfer between these two platforms as well as providing access to cloud sharing services like Dropbox – more on that one later. – Download from iTunes

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4. Documents 5 (Free)

Now let’s move on to some file management apps with a little more functionality, starting with Readdle’s Documents 5. This is one of the best suites out there when it comes to managing your local files on your iPhone, and it even allows you to edit certain files such as those containing text. You can annotate PDF files, and perhaps most importantly of all search the content within documents in order to find the things you’re looking for. This search function is one of the best things about apps like Evernote, but it of course requires all your documents to be stored within Evernote and that’s simply not always possible. The Documents 5 app also allows you to clip web pages and then read them at a later point, and also to protect any of the documents on your device with a password. It also has great sync options when it comes to connecting to iCloud and Dropbox. – Download from iTunes

3. OneDrive (Free)

OneDrive represents Microsoft’s entry into the online storage and cloud managerment market, and represents one of the more convenient ways to manage your files – whether they be documents, photos, videos, etc. It allows for automatic backup and will provide you with around 15GB of free space initially, meaning you can take advantage of this before spending any money. OneDrive is also great when it comes to its cross-platform capabilities. It’s available for the iPhone, Mac and Android devices, as well as Windows Phone and the Apple Watch. – Download from iTunes

2. Google Drive (Free)

If you’re a Microsoft person and own a 365 account then OneDrive might be the pick for you; alternatively, if everything you do is based on Google (Gmail, Google Plus, etc) then setting up your files on Google Drive might be the next logical step. The Drive has become one of my most used applications, both on the iPhone and when at work and home on my desktop and laptop computer. It is also accessible within your web browser, which makes it one of the most versatile file manager apps out there at present. While ther service gives you something like 12 GB free space when you sign up, it should be noted that this applies to the space you use on both Gmail and Google Plus, too. Anything you store with your account, anyway. Still, whether using Google Drive for work stuff or simply storing and accessing your personal documents, it’s one of the best tool out there and excels particularly well when it comes to collaborating on documents and spreadsheets. – Download from iTunes

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1. Dropbox (Free)

Dropbox represents one of the best file managers out there at present, both when organizing local files and storing and sharing files on the cloud. It is accessible on your iOS devices but is also available across a range of different platforms, making it one of the most accessible file management apps currently on the market. You can set it to automatically upload photos taken with your camera, for example, which will ensure that your snaps are always backed up. The service comes with 2GB of free space and then starts charging after that, so you will have ample time and space to work out if you really like or indeed need Dropbox before investing. – Download from iTunes

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